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As the frugal musician that I am, I use Hosa cables.  :-[

I'm even more frugal, I make my own.  ;D  I use Belden cable with Neutrik connectors, it's pretty cheap if you buy a box of cable and cut them to length. Mogami is fine stuff but over priced and over hyped. As for Hosa, I've been hosed by them too many times.  :P :D Actually I haven't been, but I think they are a bit pricey too for what you get.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:17:26 PM »
I have to manage something like 20 of them for work only because we have Protools, otherwise we would not have them. Waves does not require them anymore so no issue there. I've had at least two dongles fail, good old flashing LED mode means good bye dongle from my experience. Ever try dealing with PACE when one goes bad? Not a good experience. They sent me a replacement, it didn't work as it was registered to someone else, so I could not activate it or install my software. As a temporary solution I ended up using my own personal dongle until we could straighten this out, it took months. Oh yeah, after that they wanted to charge me $50 to transfer my license that I put on my own personal dongle to the new one, nice. I've other bad experiences with PACE dating back to the 90s when they did the keydisc limited number of installs on a floppy drive, with installs mysteriously go missing.

Oh, and the worst installation experience is a combo of anything Avid and iLOK and having to do it about 20 times. That alone makes me want to never use either of these things ever again.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 15, 2014, 10:21:24 AM »
I've had a lot of issues with iLok and PACE in general over the years. I have an old iLok so I might try it since it is free, but I tend to not get something when I hear the word iLok included with it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mutronics Mutator
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:29:15 PM »
I remember the Mutator got good reviews but it seemed pricy to me at the time. I use one of these right now:

I think it's pretty cool but its more than just a filter. You can read about it on their website:

Most of the video demo's are crap, this is probably one of the better ones showing what it can do on using a basic piano sound:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Dance music tutorial
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:03:29 PM »
Evidently you don't even need to turn your equipment on to make dance music.  ;D

Well I always thought dance music was made with a bunch of toys and that proves it!  :P :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:07:55 PM »
Just agree with her, maybe in the future whenever that is you two can get lunch, but for now just move on. Either she's not that interested as you suspect, or she's too busy right now, or she's a mess and can't get her act together for a simple lunch. In any case it's not happening right now, maybe that will change but who knows. Forcing the issue won't do anything and dwelling on it is not good for you. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did Oöphoi used?
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:47:21 AM »
Below the Elektrix Repeater which is the bottom one is a Lexicon Jamman.

I understand about steering clear of red flags, but after the age of 30 or so,  the great majority of unmarried women you'll meet will fall into the category of "divorced single mother" so I'm not sure that's a red flag in itself.

I have to agree, and when we get to women in their 40s its almost a red flag if they are not divorced single mothers.  :o

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Anyone here with suggestions?
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:19:08 PM »
I think we need to know what you are using. Normally I would send sounds to the FX via an aux send, then have the FX come back in again on an aux return or on other channels to the mixer. I would then send the sound out to your speakers. Most decent mixers would give you a second option, like a tape send to send to a recorder. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:56:39 AM »
Most of the handmade synths I have played around with seem to be one trick ponies, which is fine if you like the one thing it does well. For me they just seem too limiting so I've never gotten any for my studio.

Some people prefer TC electronic reverbs I know Opphoi did like them, I know Robert Rich and I think also Loren Nerell like Sony reverbs.

I like them all.  ;D
In my studio I have TC Electronics, Sony, Lexicon, Ursa Major, Roland, and Alesis reverbs. I have hardware and software tools. To me whatever works is worth using. So old school is fine, if you feel comfortable working that way then go ahead. Recording FX with the instruments is fine if that's how you like to work, that's how some people like to do it, nothing wrong with it.

As for DAWs, none of them are really designed for doing ambient music, and most of us use whatever we feel comfortable using. I mainly use Logic Studio, if I am doing a long drone piece then I just turn off the metronome and let it go. I've never used FL Studio but most of the people I know who use it are doing more beat driven stuff. Some people are just not comfortable with computers, A Produce mainly used ADATs or burned stuff directly to CDr, his concession to hard disc recording was purchasing a Korg Oasys keyboard workstation. So if a DAW is just too much then go with something else.

Thanks guys for lsitening in, I hope you enjoyed it.

It is on right now so you tell me.  ;D

Tree of Life is on SomaFM right now. Click on the link above to hear the new album.


Catch it live tomorrow April 29th on SomaFM's Deap Space One. Here is the link:


World Premeir of the new album will be on SomaFM's Deep Space One channel this Tuesday. Here is the link to listen to in:


Loren Nerell / Mark Seelig: Tree of Life
Limited edition of 500
Loren and Mark’s electro-acoustic debut merges the ambient soundworlds of Southeast Asia, North & South America with the spiritual influences of Bali and India. One part droney soundscape, one part tribal deliberation, and one part ethnological exploration,Tree of Life expands into a transformative experience. Loren’s deep understanding of Balinese music, coupled with his expertise in sound engineering, effortlessly complements Mark’s Bansuri flutes and harmonic overtone vocals and chants. Supported by Sarangi maestro Pankaj Mishra from India, and up-and-coming percussionist Max Link from Germany, the release follows up on ideas sparked during Loren and Mark’s first time on stage together at the 2010 SoundQuest Fest in Tucson Arizona.
“The Tree of Life is a nearly universal symbol found in many different spiritual and mythological traditions around the world,” Loren explains. “It symbolizes the interconnection of all life to our planet. From these many different traditions the names for each song were taken, many of which literally mean the Tree of Life.”
Tree of Life is a mesmerizing blend of ancient instruments, haunting voices, and whispers of Balinese and Indian wisdom traditions woven together with ambient field recordings; it takes the listener on a journey of life and its endless interconnections of this planet.

1. Wacah Chan
2. Cintamani
3. Yggdrasil
4. Kayon
5. Acacia
6. Arbor Vitae

You can download a copy now at bandcamp

Or pick it up at a special price as part of a duo package with Byron and Mark Seelig new album Intention here

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:17:06 PM »
I think you are right being a bit cautious seeing that she is a co-worker, a misunderstanding can lead to interoffice trouble. Lunch or coffee is a pretty safe way to co-mingle with a co-worker.

It it doesn't work out and you are still interested in finding someone I would suggest internet dating. I have recently try it and have had pretty good success with it so far. As Bill says, as we get older the posturing gets less important, the end result more so. I find most women here in LA around my age want someone who is serious about having a relationship, it seems they are finding a lot of men are not that serious. So showing that you are serious puts you ahead in the game. Also as Bill pointed out, women want to feel safe, so take it slowly and show that you are a safe staple guy that they can count on.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:35:11 PM »
I did consider confronting him but decided this is his problem, also why validate the vibe he's throwing out?  (By acting like it's bothering me).

Well obviously because it is bothering you. I know its hard but better to get it out in the open and deal with it, it might all be just a misunderstanding. Maybe he thinks you are being unfriendly and is reacting the same way as you are. If you do confront him just try to be nice about it, not all up in his face.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:27:25 PM »
if you do not use the monitor controller maybe it is better to buy another product.

Their are very few things on the market that can do what my current MOTU system does (allow 40+ inputs and 20 outputs in various formats at the same time). And most of those would be very expensive. So I am currently not in the market for a new sound card for my studio. For live use maybe, but only if I had some upcoming shows which I don't have at the moment.

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